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Burdur Totem,

Glass 13.5 × 19.0 cm

This piece pays homage to a bygone era, drawing structural inspiration from totem forms characterized by upright, multi-coloured creations imbued with lifelike features. Feleksan’s continued experimentation with glass-making craftsmanship is evident in the shapes and colours employed, while the translucent elements of the structure accentuate the textural aspects of her process. The use of blue serves as a nod to the natural palette that informs Feleksan’s artistic oeuvre.

Feleksan Onar

About the Artist

Feleksan Onar (b. 1966, Ankara) brings a unique blend of academic pursuits and artistic passion to her creative journey. With a bachelor’s degree in economics and music history from Cornell University and further studies at Harvard Business School, the ideas behind her intricate, emotionally charged glass sculptures are multifarious, transcending any geographical or historical boundaries. Onar uses ateliers in Pera, Istanbul, Berlin, and Murano, her artworks taking abstract and unconventional forms created by techniques such as fusing, casting, blowing, flameworking, and cold-cut glass.

Feleksan Onar has exhibited globally, most recently at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2023-24). Her works are featured in public collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Pergamon Museum, Berlin; the Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki; the Contemporary Glass Art Museum, Eskisehir; and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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